After setting the pace in the very first WRC qualifying stage earlier today, Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala has chosen to run 17th in the order on the opening day of Rally Sweden.

"After seeing the conditions during the recce and discussing it with the team, we calculated this [17th] would be the best place to start," Latvala explained.

"It's not cold enough for the road surface to be pure ice. Temperatures are only a few degrees below freezing and there is quite a lot of snow on tomorrow's stages, so I believe the loose snow could be a handicap for the early starters."

All the top runners have opted to run further back, with Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen and Sebastien Loeb starting directly behind Latvala in 18th and 19th respectively. Crash.net columnist Petter Solberg will start 13th in the other works Fiesta RS WRC while WRC MINI Team Portugal man Paulo Nobre will have the 'honour' of running first in his John Cooper Works WRC car.

The full starting order for the 21 priority seeded drivers is as follows:

Rally Sweden: Day 1 running order:

1. Paulo Nobre WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC M
2. Thierry Neuville Citroen Junior WRT DS3 WRC
3. Peter Van Merksteijn Van Merksteijn Citroen DS3 WRC
4. Richard G?ransson MINI John Cooper Works WRC
5. Michael Solowow M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
6. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC M
7. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC M
8. Sebastien Ogier VW Motorsport Skoda Fabia S2000
9. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC
10. Henning Solberg Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC
11. Dani Sordo Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC
12. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC
13. Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
14. Ott Tanak Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC
15. Patrik Sandell Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC
16. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
17. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC M
18. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
19. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC M
20. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC
21. Eyvind Brynildsen Ford Fiesta RS WRC